Bang, Bang: HBO Releases New Trailer for On the Run Tour Special

By  August 18, 2014

The center stage screen at Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run Tour show beams with an indicative preface: THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE. Brash, and even violent, images punctuate set changes, while the billion-dollar couple channels a new-age Bonnie and Clyde full of unabashed lyrics and undeniable, badass swagger.

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For the fans who missed out on this experience first-hand, HBO is bringing its Parisian show to cable September 20. The special is just the latest in the love triangle between Jay, Bey, and HBO, who’ve debuted documentaries, music videos, and exclusive performances on the premium network.

In its latest push to promo the end-of-summer special, HBO has released a new teaser, this time with the Carters seemingly addressing rumored relationship woes, in full-on performance mode. It opens with Bey covering 1966’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” before pulling the trigger on her better half—THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE, remember?—and concludes with footage from the couple’s $100 million-grossing tour. If this doesn’t give you reason to watch, we don’t know what will.

Jessica Biel Puts on her Dancing Shoes for ‘New Girl’

By  August 18, 2014

“Oh, is that an earthquake?,” said the hottest scientist, ever. “No, that was just my butt moving.”

Jessica Biel, New Girl

We’re looking forward to the new season of New Girl, not only to see if Nick and Jess can finally make it work, but also for Jessica Biel’s television comeback. The 7th Heaven alum is returning to the tube opposite Zooey Deschanel in the Fox comedy’s season premiere, and here’s a sneak peek of her sassy role (fast forward to the 38-second mark):

Biel will guest star as Kat, “the ‘hottest scientist in the world,’ who gives Jess (Deschanel) some competition in wooing a potential beau. Before you get wrapped up in the love triangle, just know that said suitor is not Nick (Jake Johnson). And while the episode is dubbed “The Last Wedding,” we’re sure it’ll be the beginning of Mrs. Timberlake’s ’tube takeover.

Tune in to New Girl when it returns September 16 on Fox.

Watch This Throne: Kanye West Rumored to be Teaming with Sir Paul McCartney!

By  August 18, 2014

It’s unclear whether Kanye West and Jay Z can get over their rumored feud and deliver on promises for a Watch the Throne part two. Either way, West is reportedly staying busy with another high-profile collaborator… Sir Paul McCartney!

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An anonymous source (of course), told the gossip site that West and McCartney are in the studio, and have already recorded “Piss on My Grave.” The tentatively-titled track falls in line with West’s more riotous Yeezus, but is a departure—a bizarre one—for the Beatles alum. Still, said source says their work together could develop into a full-fledged album, so we’re going to roll with it for now.

If a best-of-both-worlds LP doesn’t emerge, we could hear a collab on either’s next solo feat. Both dropped albums last year, and according to West he’s ready to debut new music as soon as September. No word on whether any of these 20 tracks, or a McCartney feature, will make the cut, but we’ll tune in either way.

Until then, there’s always this snippet of new Yeezy, courtesy of his other collaborator, Adidas:

Winner’s Circle: 2014 Creative Arts Emmys

By  August 18, 2014

The Creative Arts Emmys may not be televised, but its recognition of guest actors, animated programming, and talent behind the scenes is worthy of applause. Saturday night’s Nokia Theatre gala paid homage to late casting director Marion Dougherty and camera assistant Sarah Jones, who died while filming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Ride, while awarding Jane Lynch with a hosting honor, presenting Joe “Papa Pope” Morton with a golden statuette, and nabbing Orange is the New Black its first Emmys courtesy of Uzo Aduba’s guest actress win.

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And the Emmy goes to…

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy SeriesUzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Casting For A Comedy SeriesOrange Is The New Black

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama SeriesJoe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Casting For A Drama SeriesTrue Detective

Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A SpecialFargo

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Outstanding Unstructured Reality ProgramDeadliest Catch

Outstanding Structured Reality ProgramShark Tank

Outstanding Variety SpecialAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks

Outstanding Writing For A Variety SeriesThe Colbert Report

Outstanding Directing For A Variety SeriesSaturday Night Live

Outstanding ChoreographySo You Think You Can Dance; Puttin’ on the Ritz, Gold Rush, and Run the World

Outstanding Interactive ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience 

Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program30 For 30 Shorts

Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment ProgramBetween Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

Outstanding Special Class Program67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Informational Series Or Specialtie between Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and Vice  

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction SpecialJFK (American Experience)

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series: tie between American Masters and Years of Living Dangerously  

Exceptional Merit In Documentary FilmmakingLife According to Sam

Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction ProgrammingCosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey 

Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction ProgrammingThe Square

Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera SeriesHow I Met Your Mother

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera SeriesTrue Detective

Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or MovieSherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction ProgrammingThe Square

Outstanding Cinematography For Reality ProgrammingDeadliest Catch 

Outstanding Commercial: “Misunderstood,” Apple 

Outstanding NarratorJeremy Irons, Game Of Lions 

Outstanding Children’s ProgramOne Last Hug: Three Days At Grief Camp 

Outstanding Character Voice-Over PerformanceHarry Shearer, The Simpsons 

Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or A Variety ProgramBrooklyn Nine-Nine 

Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or MovieThe Blacklist

Outstanding Special And Visual EffectsGame of Thrones 

Outstanding Special And Visual Effects In A Supporting Role: Black Sails 

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety SeriesDancing with the Stars

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety SpecialSochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series: Dancing with the Stars 

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A SpecialThe Sound Of Music Live! 

Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics67th Annual Tony Awards, “Bigger!”  

Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A SpecialSherlock: His Last Vow 

Outstanding Main Title DesignTrue Detectice 

Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Outstanding Music Direction: The Beatles: The Night That Changed America

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme MusicCosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)House of Cards 

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A MovieTreme

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And AnimationModern Family

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or SpecialThe 56th Grammy Awards

Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction ProgrammingAmerican Masters

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)True Detective

Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Movie (Non-Prosthetic)The Normal Heart

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special: Game of Thrones

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series: Black Sails

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A SpecialSherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera)Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera SeriesDownton Abbey

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or SpecialSaturday Night Live

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or A MovieAmerican Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Costumes For A SeriesGame of Thrones

Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie or SpecialAmerican Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Costumes For A Variety Program Or A Special: tie between Saturday Night LiveSo You Think You Can Dance 

Outstanding Short-Format Animated ProgramDisney Mickey Mouse 

Outstanding Animated ProgramBob’s Burgers  

Outstanding Art Direction For A Period Series, Miniseries Or A Movie (Single-Camera)Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Program (Half-Hour Or Less)House of Lies

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program: The Oscars

Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)Game of Thrones 

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama SeriesBreaking Bad, “Felina” 

Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory 

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy SeriesOrange Is The New Black, “Tit Punch”

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A MovieSherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety SpecialsThe Daily Show With Jon Stewart 

Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction ProgrammingThe Square 

Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: Deadliest Catch

We Can Do It: The Ladies are Taking Charge on ‘Downton Abbey’

By  August 18, 2014

Downton Abbey is entering a new era, and with it, a female-centric attitude.

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Season five of the PBS powerhouse is set to debut stateside in January 2015, and unlike past seasons of the show, this one will follow the Crawley clan as they exit the post-Edwardian era and enter the Roaring Twenties, where its female cast emerges in more powerful roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the winter premiere will address “the aftermath of the Russian revolution and the U.K.’s first socialist government,” while Lady Mary, Lady Rose MacClare, Daisy Mason, and Sarah Bunting evolve with society’s changing stance on gender roles.

“Things are cooking for Lady Mary,” actress Michelle Dockery said in a roundtable with THR. “It’s been an exciting series because she’s having much more fun, she’s moving forward with her life. She’s really taking on the responsibility of the state and the relationship between her and Robert is starting to change. He’s seeing that she can handle it all.” While Lady Mary regains a sense of normalcy following the death of her husband Matthew, Lily James and Daisy Lewis’ alter egos are taking a more aggressive approach.

“This character is challenging the status quo and attempting to fight back on every front, which is what makes her interesting,” said Lewis of Sarah Bunting, a progressive teacher first introduced last year. Meanwhile, she’s encouraging Crawley maid Daisy Mason (Sophie McShera) to adopt a more aspirational mindset and get out of the kitchen.

Though these advances are certain to draw disdain from Downton’s patriarchal airs, there is one man, in particular, who is combating it in extensive form: butler Mr. Carson.

“Carson’s mantra is you’ve got to know your place and be happy in your place,” said Emmy-nominated star Jim Carter. “So he doesn’t approve of that at all and as the series goes on we’ll see him become more and more riled, until there’s an explosion at the end.”

Cue the popcorn.

8 Sparkling Celebrity Engagement Rings of 2014

By  August 17, 2014

Celebrity engagements mean big bling, and the rings of 2014 thus far haven’t disappointed. High shine and lots of carats are the overarching theme of these eight stunning sparklers. We dare you not to drool.










Star Scoop: Community Turns Six, Derek Hough Done Dancing, First Look at Hateful Eight!

By  August 15, 2014

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The season six trailer for Community looks… familiar. The cult favorite, which was revived for streaming via Yahoo Screen, is being promoted with a blast from the past. Instead of previewing new footage of the series, the tease gives a look back at the show up until this point. And, it’s being branded as “the world’s first bionic show.” [Vulture]

Derek Hough is hanging up his dancing shoes. The Dancing with the Stars mainstay will flex his acting skills on season three of Nashville. He’ll play a movie star by the name of Noah West (nicknamed Nori?), who “ lands a lead role in a famous country singer’s biopic” and ends up in the middle of Music City. Meta, much? [Deadline]

Speaking of teasers, we have word that the first look at Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight will bow before his friend Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Here’s the kicker: the Sin City sequel will premiere on August 22… while filming for Hateful Eight won’t start until early next year. We’d love to see how this turns out. [Variety]

The block party may have passed, but we’re not done celebrating the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. Neither is Beats Music. The company—now a formal union between Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and Apple—produced a 22-minute documentary about the classic BK-bred film with Lee revisiting its landmark Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Watch it here. [The Verge]

Stop calling Ariana Grande a mini-Mariah Carey. In her new Billboard magazine cover story, the 21-year-old belter dispels that title while branching off into the world of futuristic pop, opening up about her sardonic character, and reveling in a Freddy Krueger-filled past. [Billboard]

Men are gaining ground on Orange is the New Black. It’s been confirmed that comedian Mike Birbiglia is settling in to the cell block, though no more details on his character have emerged. [TIME]

Blow it Up: Beyonce Rumored to be Teaming up with Bad Gal Rihanna

By  August 15, 2014

rihanna-beyonce-largeSway may not have all the answers, but ASCAP does. And in this case, it means that a BeyoncéRihanna collaboration is in the works.

According to a screen grab from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers database, the two are putting a rumored rival to rest with a remix of Bey’s “Blow.” Though they’ve been photographed together at A-list events, most recently May’s Met Gala, the pair have never immortalized their relationship on wax. Rihanna, who is signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, has been cited as a reason behind Jay and Bey’s reportedly contentious relationship, while loyal fans of both stars have pitted the two against one another in debates that have (luckily) been contained to the social media sphere and gossipy sites. If this collaboration ever sees the light of day, it could, once and for all, put all of that fodder to rest.

Now, before the BeyHive and Navy unite in yaaaaas unison, there are a few things we must point out. One, Riri’s name is spelled wrong on the ASCAP listing; this could be a red flag, but reports add that Rihanna’s name is misspelled on other registered songs throughout. Two, Nikita Riddick Victoria, who is listed as the song’s writer, is not associated with Beyoncé’s original “Blow.” Still, the person tied to this pseudonym has 67 other titles listed on the database.

Of course neither Bey nor Ri has made any mention of a collab, but the former’s “Flawless” reboot with Nicki Minaj is an indication that she’s open to sharing the spotlight. Plus, we like the feisty side of Bey, and if anyone can take her sexually-charged single to new heights, it’s Lui’s leading lady.


Star Scoop: Girls’ New Guy, Bad Boys are Back, Netflix Gets the Last Laugh

By  August 14, 2014

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If you thought Lena Dunham was done bringing her friends to Brooklyn, think again. Obvious Child star Jake Lacy nabbed a recurring role on season four. He joins Gillian Jacobs, Spike Jones, and Apatow offspring Maude, for the HBO gang’s upcoming antics. [Vulture]

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Head to a movie theater near you. Martin Lawrence confirmed that a third installment of cop dramedy Bad Boys, alongside Will Smith, is in the works. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is reportedly working on the script and “they’re getting close.” [L.A. Times]

Netflix doesn’t seem too concerned about Amazon’s original series developments. In fact, it’s answering with a last laugh. The streaming site is upping its stand-up offerings with new specials from Bill Cosby, Chelsea Peretti, and Bill Burr. On October 10, it will kick things off with a Uganda Be Kidding Me special from Netflix’s new talk show host, Chelsea Handler. [The Verge]

In light of the passing of Robin Williams, producers of the Primetime Emmy Awards plan to honor him with a telecast tribute. Williams was ironically part of last year’s Emmys memoriam, where he honored late comedian Jonathan Winters. [Variety]

More details have surfaced surrounding the death of Williams, including a shocking revelation from his wife. Susan Schneider revealed that he was sober at the time of his death but showed early signs of Parkinson’s disease. [Vulture]

The King of the Monsters is ready for round two. We’ll just have to wait. Warner Bros. confirmed that it will release a sequel to May’s half-billion dollar grossing Godzillaon June 8, 2018. [The Wrap]

Taylor Swift Finishes What She Started at the MTV Video Music Awards

By  August 14, 2014

Barclays Center, we’re really happy for you. We’re going to let you finish. But The Forum is about to have the best MTV Video Music Awards of all time.

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If confirmed performances from Usher, Maroon 5, and Vanguard recipient Beyoncé weren’t enough, MTV has confirmed that Taylor Swift will join the Inglewood extravaganza’s show-stopping lineup. It’s not clear what song Swift will perform yet, though her August 24 set will certainly kick off a promo campaign for her October 13 release, rumored to be entitled Skyline.

Here’s a list of all confirmed performers—so far—and, because we can’t stop the music, a video playlist to get your VMAs pre-game popping!

Ariana Grande | 5 Seconds of Summer | Usher | Maroon 5 | Beyoncé | Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora | Fifth Harmony | Nicki Minaj | Taylor Swift